How To Catch A Unicorn’s Fart

How To Catch A Unicorn’s Fart

You’re probably wondering why the title of this post is called ‘How To Catch A Unicorn’s Fart’ and this is because of my voluntary work. Every week on Thursday morning, I volunteer at my old primary school, I’ll be doing this for the whole of November.

This week I worked with the year 6s in particular, 2 boys named Lucas and Patrick. When the teacher told me to sit next to Lucas, I accidentally sat next to Patrick which was kind of embarrassing but we all just thought it was funny. The task for the lesson was to construct a set of instructions for how to catch a unicorns fart and the kids had to think of creative ways to lure the unicorn, make it fart and trap the fart. Lucas and Patrick were so cute, they were just sitting together at the back of the class and working with both of them put a big smile on my face. We ending up talking of Donald Trump, horror movies, older siblings etc. Lucas said ‘Do you know Donald Trump?, I hate him!!’ And I’m like that makes two of us😉. I helped them both create their instructions and they were so fascinated with life at secondary school and sixth form. It was so sad saying goodbye to them and as I walked out the door, I turned back around and watched them wave at me from the back of the classroom😭 I have enjoyed my experience so far being back at primary school and yesterday I met some more of my old teachers and teachers assistant. 

I’ve got a lot of work to do over the weekend which sucks however, tomorrow is my friends 18th birthday party and I can’t wait🎉 

I hope you guys have an awesome weekend and please comment below what you’re going to be up to this weekend☺️

Omone 😀

Keeping Your Head Up…

Keeping Your Head Up…

This weeks post is named after the song Keeping Your Head Up by Birdy, it’s such a beautiful song, if you haven’t please do! The highlight of this week was having an insert day on Tuesday, meaning that I didn’t have to go to school. I was quite glad as well beacuse Tuesday is my only full day of lessons and on the other days I have at least one free period.

Time is moving on so fast, it’s half term in two weeks and people have already been sending off their UCAS applications for university and getting offers. I know people who have already gotten offers from Warwick and Bristol university. One of my friends has gotten an unconditional from Birmingham university to study biochemistry. I need to finish my application and send it off soon beacuse I’ve been told that they decide to offer you a place as soon as your application is in, they don’t wait until the deadline to start going through applications, so it’s in my best interest to send my application off early.

These few weeks back in sixth form has really made reality hit me, the fact that we are going to be going to university next year and starting a sort of new chapter in our lives is still crazy to me. A lot of people have been upset about their predicted grades and they’ve realised how this could all change which universities give them offers. I’ve been having a lot of assessments and tests these few weeks and the results have come with varying success which really put me down sometimes, but I am not going to let it get me down. It feels like we’re under a lot of pressure to do well and know everything automatically and this has definitely taken some of the passion that I had for certain subjects, away…

Please tell me what you’ve been up to lately and have a great weekend!

Omone 😀

The Surprise 18th

The Surprise 18th

This week has been so hectic, not just in school work but outside school as well. One of my oldest friends parents planned a surprise party for her birthday, so we tried hard all week to pretend that we weren’t going to be doing anything for her birthday and I’m not going to lie, I nearly spilled the beans when we were walking to school! My friends and I got to hide behind her gazebo and when she walked inside we shouted happy birthday and let out lots of party poppers. I was glad that she had no idea that we had planned a surprise party for her 18th and she thoroughly enjoyed burning her sociology folder, the subject she hated and dropped at the end of year 12, LOL.

My first whole week of year 13 has been busy and hectic due to the workload not only from teachers but from completing our UCAS application which includes our personal statement. I gave my first draft of my personal statement to my form tutor on Tuesday and she’s commented on what I need to improve on, which is quite a lot, so I’m planning on completing my second draft tomorrow. I know I can’t complete a personal statement in a week but I really can’t wait for this UCAS process to be over. I have a considerable amount of homework and wider reader I have to look forward to this weekend. I’ve gotten used to people asking me about my situation with my family in Manchester and me staying with my uncle, which makes me feel a little bit uncomfortable when I’m asked because it reminds me of how much I miss them.

This post is quite short but I really hope that you have a had a productive and enjoyable week. Please comment below what you’ve been up to!

Omone 😀

My first week of year 13

My first week of year 13

My first week of year 13 (more like 2 days) went OK. I actually missed the first day of year 13, which was Tuesday, because I was still in Manchester and I wouldn’t be back until Wednesday. We got the day off on Wednesday so we could complete our personal statements and our UCAS applications which I still haven’t finished. The first draft of my personal statement is now due in on Monday because my awesome form tutor gave us the weekend to complete it. I am currently applying to do psychology at university and I’ve been using The Next Chemist’s post about tips on writing your personal statement to help me with mine, so check it out if you’re currently doing your personal statement!  Continue reading “My first week of year 13”

Summer ’16

Summer ’16

Summer has come and gone this year quicker than any other year in my opinion. Maybe it’s because I’ve been the most anxious to start year 13 than any other year and this is my last year in secondary school before I go off to university. I’ve spent most of the summer going up and down the country as you may already know by reading my previous blog posts but all in all this has got to be one of my favourite summer holidays. A lot has gone on in the past few months, changes that I might not be happy with but I have complete faith in God. One thing I’ve been thinking of starting is vlogs, maybe daily/weekly vlogging! You can check out my channel here but I deleted my old videos because they were uploaded a couple of years ago and have nothing to do with the content that I want to start uploading. I’ve recently been trying to pick out a cheap camera suitable for vlogging and I have my eyes on a SONY compact camera that I will hopefully get next week. Please comment if you think that I should start vlogging and if you’re already a vlogger,please comment on what camera you think will be suitable.

I’ve still got a few supplies that I need to buy for this upcoming academic year e.g. a new school bag, a new suit (we have to be formally dressed in my sixth form), new folders etc. and honestly I do enjoy back to school shopping. I am not, however, physically and mentally ready to start school and I usually feel this way a week before summer ends. I’ve still got my personal statement to write for my UCAS application and I’m still wondering what I’m going to put in it. I have watched videos and I’ve read examples of great personal statements but one thing that I’ve noticed that they always say is “Keep it positive”. The first draft of my personal statement is due in next Thursday, so I have just under a week to complete it however, I’m glad that I have completed my summer homework for media studies and psychology. One the things that I’m excited for in year 13 is the amount of free periods we will have because not only are we dropping a subject, we are also not doing P.E. this year. If you don’t already know, free periods are meant to be used for completing homework or studying or reading outside a subject.

I hope that you have had a wonderful summer and good luck to those who are going back to school or have already started school!

Omone 😀 

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AS Results

AS Results

Thursday was the day I had to collect my AS results. These results (in my sixth form at least) indicated which year 12s were going to remain in sixth form because you have to get at least 3 D grades to move on to year 13. I took a coach all the way from Manchester, where I was spending my holidays, to collect my exam results the following day. In all honesty, all through summer I wasn’t really thinking about my exam results until the day before we collected our results. Only when I would really think about the consequences of getting bad grades and not making it into year 13 that I could feel my stomach turn and a jolt of worry would fill my chest. On Wednesday, I spent the last few minutes before I went to bed praying and convincing myself that I would get good results and I wouldn’t be kick out of sixth form. When I woke up in the morning of results day I decided that I would fast till noon even though we could start collecting and opening our results at 11am.

I entered the hall with my two friends who both unfortunately got slips on top of their results envelope telling them to go to the sixth form centre right away. You only get slips with that note on top of your results envelope if you didn’t get good grades and you needed to talk about your next step or if you’re going to be kicked out of sixth form. I’m quite grateful that I didn’t have one. I was left on my own to open my results, which i believe is better because in my experience you’re less nervous and people don’t right away ask what grades you got. I opened the envelop and saw:

  • Geography – D
  • Media Studies – A
  • Psychology – C
  • Biology – D

Hmmm…. well I’m glad I got 1 A. Getting a D is geography didn’t even surprise me because I hate that subject and I knew no matter how many flash cards I had made and how much revision I had done, I wouldn’t get a good grade. I was told by my form tutor, who is also one of my media teachers, that I was one of the only two people who did media studies that got an A. I am a little disappointing with my psychology and biology result but I’m honestly still willing to put in the work in year 13 to get better grades and get into good universities. Another reason why I’m dropping geography is that the grades that you get in your geography exam at the end of year 12 count to year 13 whereas, only the exams at the end of year 13 count for psychology and biology. Thankfully, my two friends that I went to collect my results with that were told to go to the sixth form centre were able to stay in sixth form while others in my year were not so lucky…

If you are in year 12, I hope you got the grades you wanted and if you’re in year 13 I hope you got into the university of your choice!

Omone 😀

The New Northerner?

The New Northerner?

Meeting my best friends Sarah and Zara was one of the best things that have happened this year. I hadn’t seen Sarah since our leaver’s ceremony in year 11 and Zara since the beginning of this year, so it was great catching up and talking about sixth form and college with each other whilst eating at our favourite restaurant: Nandos. We went to this great desert restaurant afterwards and the ice cream I had tasted like HEAVEN! I also ate some of Sarah’s pancakes as well as Zara’s cocktail which were both delicious! I spent the last 15 minutes, in that restaurant, munching on the ice in Zara’s cocktail because if there’s one thing I love…it’s ICE. We spent the last few minutes together taking selfies and walking around town and we definitely agreed on meeting up before summer ends. Overall, it just felt like old times, lord knows how much I had missed them.

Sunday was the last time I was going to see Moyo before leaving to go to back to Manchester, so we said our last goodbyes, promising each other that we’d still stay in touch. I’m going to really miss that guy. When I arrived at the coach station on Monday, I was so worried that I had missed my coach but thankfully the coach I was supposed to get on was only 20 minutes late. The whole 6 hr journey to Manchester wasn’t too bad however, I pissed off one of the passengers on the second coach because I accidentally sat on her seat! I honestly didn’t know that the seat was taken but when she came back from the toilet she just looked at me and said “EXCUSE ME, THAT IS MY SEAT!”. LOL. I’m thinking “Why you so loud for??”. What’s even worse is that I had to sit next to her for the rest of the journey beacuse all the other seats were taken. When I reached the Manchester coach station I could see my mum’s head trying to find me in the coach since we got to Manchester 30 minutes late. My mum got a mad beacuse I forgot to give her a hug but it was only beacuse my suitcase was so heavy and I was practically dragging it across the floor. We got a taxi back to my uncles house and I have to say that it was so awkward, not beacuse of the taxi driver (he was really sweet), but beacuse my mum kept telling him that we were going to move to Manchester, find a house here and how she was so excited to move up north beacuse the houses are cheaper. I was just sitting because we didn’t discuss this decision properly, I really don’t want to move to Manchester and I’m going to be in year 13 next year so I don’t want to move school. I was surprised by the statements she had said in the taxi because I didn’t know that everything had been finalised. I asked my mum whether we were definitely moving to Manchester and she said that she still wasn’t sure. I’ve enjoyed staying at my Uncles, this week, but I keep getting confronted by the fact that I’m not girly enough *sigh*. Anyway, the Rio Olympics opening is tonight, well technically tomorrow for people who live in the UK because it starts at midnight, but I’m looking forward to it and I hope you are excited as much as I am for the Olympics. Have a great weekend everyone!

Omone 🙂

 

The Reunion

The Reunion

Even though I am nearly 300km away from my mum and my brother, I am enjoying my stay at my uncles. One of the best things about living with my uncle is that I get to go to my old church, where one of my longest known friends go. Their names are Moyo and Deborah and I have some of the best memories with them from my childhood. When I used to live with my uncle when I was younger, I used to go to their parents Church until I moved houses with my mum and brother and we started attending a different Church. I hadn’t seen them until a year later when my uncle had a barbecue for his birthday and they were invited. It was great seeing them again and seeing how much we’ve changed and grown. After the barbecue, we hadn’t met up mostly because we were concentrating on school but we still kept in contact, mostly through text.

When I found out that we were going to be visiting my old church, I was full of excitement because knew this was one of the rare moments where I could see Moyo and Deborah again. It was so nice seeing all the church attenders who were still going to this church since I left and some of my uncles friends that I hadn’t seen since I was very young. I knew it was very unlikely that I would see Deborah because she now goes to university, which is great news but I wish I could have seen her in church. When I walked into the Church Moyo was in the choir, singing along with the other 4 members of the choir as they sang praise and worship. We locked eyes a couple of times and I was surprised about how tall he’d grown. After praise and worshipped he packed up all his belongings and ran to sit next me, at the back of the church. Our conversation was magical, we talked about all the things we’ve been up to since we last met and Deborah is now going to a church in London, near her university. I even told him about my blog and I even suggested that he should start one as well but he didn’t want to. He’s one of those friends where you can be completely yourself around them and you know they won’t judge you no matter what. We have so much in common, for example we both love anime, which non of my friends at school do. We had a great conversation about anime and he was even surprised by the fact that I started watching anime. He suggested that I start watching One Piece and I might start watching it over the holidays after I have finished watching Sailor Moon. We even went Pokemon hunting after church which was a blast, even though it was 30 degrees outside! I’ve finally finished watching Hunter x Hunter and it was amazing! If you haven’t watched it or you’re not sure what anime to watch, definitely watch Hunter x Hunter! I am seeing him again this Sunday in church before I leave for Manchester Sunday afternoon. I can’t wait to see my mum and brother.

Another reunion that is happening is between me and two of my closest friends in secondary school, Sarah and Zara. Sarah created a group chat on Tuesday and we all agreed to go to Nandos on Saturday so we can talk about what we’ve been up to since the end of year 11. It’s going to be so nice catching up with them. I hope you guys have been having a wonderful week and please comment below what you’ve been up to!

Omone 🙂

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5 Reasons Why ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ Is One Of My Favourite Film

5 Reasons Why ‘The Perks Of Being A Wallflower’ Is One Of My Favourite Film

The Perks Of Being Wallflower is a movie based on the coming-of-age novel by Stephen Chbosky which, was released September 2012. The film was directed by the novels author and it’s a beautiful mix of comedy, drama and romance. I can’t explain how much I love this film, from the begging to the end it accurately shows what it’s like to be a teenager in school and the pressures you face to fit in and belong.

1) It’s Relatable

Even though the film is set in the early 1990s, teenagers in today’s generation can relate to the movie because the problems that they face in the movie are ones that occur today. Serious issues like sexual abuse, suicide, substance abuse and homophobia are shown in the film and these things could happen or have happened to people like you and me. It’s important we discuss these issues like sexual abuse and see it from a male’s point of view.

2) The Amazing Characters 

Sam, Charlie and Patrick are the greatest trio of best friends. Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra Miller play the roles of their characters amazingly and Logan even kept himself isolated for 2 weeks so he could get into the character of Charlie accurately. Charlie is a sensitive 15-year old who doesn’t have any friends after his best friend committed suicide in middle school and you can see the great bond he has with Sam and Patrick and the rest of the gang.

3) The Living Room Routine

During the school dance, Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners plays and Sam and Patrick begin to perform their ‘Living Room routine’ on the middle of the dance floor. This is one of the greatest scenes in the movie and you can see how Sam and Patrick couldn’t care less about what the rest of the students think about it.

4) The Great Songs

The soundtrack of this movie has some great songs and it was the first time I heard a song by The Smiths, who are my favourite band. Their track ‘Asleep’ is Charlie’s favourite song in the movie and also one of my favourite songs by the band. Other great tunes include Low by Cracker and of course the tunnel song, which is Heroes by David Bowie. 

5) The Quotes

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower contains some amazing quotes that inspire and target the teenage audience and, like most people, my favourite quote in the whole movie is in Charlie’s last monologue:

“Because I know there are people who say all these things don’t happen. And there are people who forget what it’s like to be sixteen when they turn seventeen. I know these will all be stories some day, and our pictures will become old photographs. We all become somebody’s mom or dad. But right now, these moments are not stories. This is happening. I am here, and I am looking at her. And she is so beautiful. I can see it. This one moment when you know you’re not a sad story. You are alive. And you stand up and see the lights on the buildings and everything that makes you wonder. And you’re listening to that song, and that drive with the people who you love most in this world. And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

No words can explain how much I love the last line “And in this moment, I swear, we are infinite”. This quote could mean a lot of different things for different people but for me It means being at peace with yourself and forgetting about all the pain and heartache you’ve been though in the past and living in the moment! Another quote I love from the movie/book is “We accept the love we think we deserve”, which has really stuck with me since I watched the movie.

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University?!

University?!

Even though coming back to school for 5 weeks wasn’t the best thing that happened to me this week, it has been a pretty Exciting. In my last 2 lessons on Monday we started the UCAS process, which is where you send applications to university, and began to browse through universities that we wanted to go to. We were also given booklets about what type of university we want to go to which has to be completed by July 15th.

On Tuesday, my year went to a trip to a university convention in Bedfordshire University, which took us way too long to get there than I expected. Unsurprisingly, we were the only school who had to wear our sixth form uniforms while other schools came in their ordinary clothes because as our head teacher says “you are representing our school” *sigh*.There were talks on different subjects you could take at university and there was a fair where different universities had stands with their representatives. I got the chance to watch 3 talks by university professors which were criminology, psychology and forensic science, which were all interesting. I’ve made up the decision that I will defiantly be doing psychology at university beacuse I enjoyed the psychology talk with the professor and I genuinly liked the topics in the course. I was also lucky enough to pick up a few prospectuses from universities I might apply to e.g. Sussex, Surrey, Warwick, Queen Mary etc. These Universities have high entry requirements like all A’s or 2 A’s and a B grade but due to their popularity and great facilities, I can see why.

In the next few days, I made an effort to research universities and to note down opening days for universities I’m interested in. I used useful websites like UCAS, uni stats and university league tables to narrow down my search due to few factors like student satisfaction, entry requirements, distance and accommodation. My friend told me today how important it was to visit universities before you totally decide which one’s you’re going to apply for beacuse different universities give off different vibes. I have had my eye on these 6 universities in particular: Surrey, Nottingham, Loughborough, Leeds, Exeter and Southampton but ultimately I need to choose 5 to apply to. I’m excited but nervous at the same time because this time next year I would have left sixth form and picked which university I wanted to go to. Time really does go quickly…

Please tell me what you’ve been up to this week and I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Omone 🙂